Who has two thumbs and fell of the blogging bandwagon this week? That’s right, this girl! Work and life got in the way in a pretty significant way, but that’s just the way it is. No sense dwelling on the disappointing — let’s look at my October reading, which was anything but disappointing (transitions!).

october 2014 reading wrap up

Thanks to Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, I finished a bunch of great books in October:

  1. Waters, Sarah: The Paying Guests (fiction)
  2. Lowe, Rob: Stories I Only Tell My Friends (memoir/audio book)
  3. Prentice, Claire: The Lost Tribe of Coney Island (nonfiction)
  4. Robinson, Marilyn: Lives in Ruins (nonfiction)
  5. Verstynen, Timothy and Voytek, Bradley: Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? (nonfiction)
  6. Mandel, Emily St. John: Station Eleven (fiction)
  7. King, A.S.: Ask the Passengers (YA fiction)
  8. Bechdel, Alison: Fun Home (memoir, comic)
  9. Flynn, Gillian: Gone Girl (fiction)

It’s really hard to pick a favorite. Both The Paying Guests and Gone Girl were major page-turners, but I think the book that burrowed into me and stayed there is Station Eleven. It was an incredible read. Lives in Ruins was also a lot of fun, but in a slightly different way.

For those counting, mostly me, that puts me at 86 books for the year, well on my way to making my goal of 100 books, but probably not surpassing it by much. I also visited my reading stats for the year and discovered something interesting: I’ve read more fiction this year (44 books) than nonfiction (42 books). For the last few years, I’ve been about 40 percent fiction to 60 percent nonfiction, so being evenly split is a little strange. But I suppose my reading plans for next month will help change that.

A Look to November

I already shared part of my reading plan for November, which is to focus on nonfiction by women. I’m really excited about this prospect and already got a start on my list — I should have The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg done in the next few days.

I did pick up a copy if Rooms by Lauren Oliver at the library today, so I suspect I’ll make some time to read that. And I’ve got the audio for Amy Poehler’s new book, Yes Please, queued up for a drive this weekend. Then, onward and upward!

What books are you looking forward to reading in November? Which books should I make sure to review this month?

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currently october 26 2014

Time and Place | 8:20 at my desk

Eating and Drinking |  Blood Orange Cranberry Black Tea and Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Speculoos Cookie Butter Cups. Real breakfast is coming soon, I promise.

Reading | After last weekend’s Readathon, I had a little bit of trouble settling into a book. But then The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg came on Thursday and I have been absorbed since. The book is about young Afghan girls who spend part of their childhood pretending to be boys, a relatively common but secretive cultural practice in that country. It’s absolutely fascinating.

Watching | Gone Girl finally came to my town! We have a one screen movie theater, which I love, but sometimes it takes a few weeks for new releases to arrive. The boyfriend and I went to see Gone Girl last night and man, did I absolutely love it. It was just as bonkers as I remembered, and really effectively translated to film. Both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were just great. I want to read the book again.

Cooking | I didn’t cook much of anything this week, but the cooler weather arriving does make me want to start digging out my soup recipes. I have one for minestrone that I just love.

Blogging | This week I reviewed a great memoir, Without You There Is No Us by Suki Kim, announced our two picks for Nonfiction November readalongs, and shared my plan to read all nonfiction by women next month.

Sharing | Over at Book Riot, Josh Corman writes about the paradox of reading choice. I love his solution to having too many books sitting around unread — use a random number generator to choose what book to finish.

Loving | This week was my grandma’s birthday, so I made a point to call her (I’m not great about that). My grandma loves to knit — one of the best gifts I’ve ever received is the green knitted blanket that shows up behind a lot of my book pictures. I cuddle up with it constantly.

Avoiding | My sister and I have been challenging each other to not spend any extra money in October. This means I haven’t bought a new book all month! Instead, I’ve been compensating by going to the library constantly… I have a bunch of chunksters out right now.

Wanting | I can’t wait until the election is over. The barrage of negative ads and general nastiness showing up in the letters to the editor (which I have to read and edit…) is tiring me out.

Anticipating | I got all of my around the house chores done yesterday, so I think I will get to spend most of today reading, writing blog posts, and watching football. I’m excited.

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A (Possible) Nonfiction November Reading List

October 24, 2014 Book List

Inspired by an article by Anne Boyd Rioux about gender equity in nonfiction, Shannon (River City Reading) recently made it one of her goals to read more nonfiction by women. Rioux’s article, in written in response to the overwhelmingly white and overwhelmingly male, includes these really frustrating facts: A recent study in Mayborn also showed […]

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‘Without You, There Is No Us’ Brings Stories from Inside North Korea

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I love to read books that take me to places I will never get to see, or help illuminate cultures that, without an engaging guide, I will never have a chance to understand. One of my favorite books from 2013 that did just that was Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy, a look at lives of […]

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October 19, 2014 Currently

Time and Place | Just after 1 p.m. on my couch with the Vikings game on the background. I’ve been awake for awhile, but spent the morning chilling out with Gilmore Girls. Eating and Drinking | I’ve got lots of Readathon snacks left for today — gummi bears, peanut butter cups, and cheese rice cakes. Yum. Reading | There was […]

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Happy Fall 2014 Readathon!

October 18, 2014 Readathon

Whee! Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is finally here! I have seriously been looking forward to this day all week. Work has been a little insane and I could really use a day devoted (almost) entirely to reading. I’ll be doing most of my Readathon updates on Twitter (@kimthedork) and Instagram (kimthedork). I’m also planning to update this post with […]

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The Readathon is Coming!

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The Readathon is coming! This Saturday, October 18 is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, one of my favorite book nerd days of the year. While I love the spring Readathon, I think the fall Readathon is my favorite — fall always feels like the right time to cuddle in and spend the day with books. I’ll have […]

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The Lost Story of ‘The Lost Tribe of Coney Island’

October 13, 2014 Book Review

American history is full of grand moments, terrible moments and what were they thinking moments. The Lost Tribe of Coney Island by Claire Prentice is about one of those strange moments in history made even more bizarre by of the actions of carnival huckster who turned out to be a bigamist and a criminal. From the book […]

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Currently | Football Games and Gilmore Girls

October 12, 2014 Currently

Time and Place | 12:15 p.m. on my couch with my laptop and the Vikings game Eating and Drinking |  Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups — I need to find some real lunch soon. Reading | I didn’t have nearly enough reading time this week, but when I did grab a book I picked up The Lost Tribe […]

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